Judge convicted of fraud resigns from bench

Judge convicted of fraud resigns from bench

CHICAGO (AP) — An Illinois judge convicted of fraud earlier this year is stepping down from the bench.

The attorney for Cook County Circuit Judge Jessica O'Brien said Wednesday she has signed the necessary paperwork to end her judicial career.

O'Brien was convicted of fraudulently obtaining mortgages for Chicago investment properties and illegally pocketing more than $300,000. U.S. District Judge Thomas M. Durkin last week denied several motions made by defense lawyers for O'Brien, including those seeking an acquittal or a new trial.

Steve Greenberg said his client had always said that she would resign if her post-trial motions were denied.

After Durkin's decision, O'Brien filed notice to end her retention bid with the Illinois Secretary of State's Office. She said she was bowing out of the race "in light of the federal court's ruling in my case."

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